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Primary myoepithelial carcinoma of the lung: a rare entity treated with parenchymal sparing resection

Inderpal S Sarkaria1*, Deborah DeLair2, William D Travis2 and Raja M Flores3

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Surgery, Thoracic Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY, 10065, USA

2 Department of Pathology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY, 10065, USA

3 Division of Thoracic Surgery, Mount Sinai Medical Center, 1190 Fifth Avenue, PO Box 1028, New York, NY, 10029, USA

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Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011, 6:27  doi:10.1186/1749-8090-6-27

Published: 8 March 2011

Abstract

Primary lung myoepithelial carcinomas are rare neoplasms arising from the salivary glands of the respiratory epithelium. Given the rare occurrences and reports of these tumors, appropriate recommendations for resection are difficult to formulate. Although classified as low-grade neoplasms, these tumors have a significant rate of recurrence and distant metastasis.